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Old 02-21-20, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
All my common sense, even my language skills, disappear when the red light goes on and the buzzer sounds.
I know the feeling. I'm usually an even-keeled (nautical reference, just for you ) guy, but when pushed too far, I go Hulk Smash.
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Windows are getting replaced today. For real this time, it seems.
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I know the feeling. I'm usually an even-keeled (nautical reference, just for you ) guy, but when pushed too far, I go Hulk Smash.
I'm also a huge coward the next moment. Really dumb combination.
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I'm also a huge coward the next moment. Really dumb combination.
Understandable, though - Mother Nature loves a good bluff.

I'm sure that you could perfectly explain these swings given the chemicals surging about in the moment, but I guess that doesn't do much good, does it? Maybe some visualization work would help for the next time.
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Tomorrow's ride will have a start temp of about 27F but will warm to above freezing within 1-2 hours. I am in a quandary because I KNOW my hands will be effing cold if I just wear gloves, and will be toasty warm if I wear my mittens. But the feedback from the road and dexterity of shifting/braking is far superior with gloves.

I suspect the best answer is start with mittens and change to gloves after it warms up....but seems like too much extra bulk to carry.

Thoughts??
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My steroids taste like acrid ass. Good thing I only have to take them 5 times per day.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
All my common sense, even my language skills, disappear when the red light goes on and the buzzer sounds.
Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
I know the feeling. I'm usually an even-keeled (nautical reference, just for you ) guy, but when pushed too far, I go Hulk Smash.
I avoid confrontation in all aspects of life, to a fault I'm sure.

If I get upset I typically just withdraw into myself even further than usual.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Tomorrow's ride will have a start temp of about 27F but will warm to above freezing within 1-2 hours. I am in a quandary because I KNOW my hands will be effing cold if I just wear gloves, and will be toasty warm if I wear my mittens. But the feedback from the road and dexterity of shifting/braking is far superior with gloves.

I suspect the best answer is start with mittens and change to gloves after it warms up....but seems like too much extra bulk to carry.

Thoughts??
Have you tried wearing exam gloves under your riding gloves? I've done that in similar situations and it got the job done. Hands get clammy, but they stay warm enough and there's less to stow when you do take them off.
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Old 02-21-20, 08:23 AM
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It sure does.
The cat usually wants out on the deck after breakfast. Opened the door. He got 2/3 of the way out and said "Never mind." It was 22 degrees.
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Old 02-21-20, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Have you tried wearing exam gloves under your riding gloves? I've done that in similar situations and it got the job done. Hands get clammy, but they stay warm enough and there's less to stow when you do take them off.
I have not tried it. Could easily "borrow" a pair since we have a ton of them at work. Will consider.
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The cat usually wants out on the deck after breakfast. Opened the door. He got 2/3 of the way out and said "Never mind." It was 22 degrees.
That's one cool cat.
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I flipped off a woman while driving home yesterday. She was doing 45 in the left lane of a 50 MPH zone, which in NJ means 60 MPH minimum. I finally went around her. As I did I saw her eyes down looking at the phone in her hands. Pulled in front of her and gave her the bird. Doubt she saw it. Kept glancing back and could see that she was still driving slowly as others were pulling around her. NY plates. So she should know better. Hand held is illegal in both NJ and NY.
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Old 02-21-20, 08:31 AM
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I’m in Florida and saw an old lady on a trike flip off a driver who close passed on a low volume subdivision street.
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Old 02-21-20, 08:33 AM
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All my common sense, even my language skills, disappear when the red light goes on and the buzzer sounds. If giving money is advocacy, I'm covered, but my behavior today was a terrible negative advertisement for cyclists and cycling.
I absolutely lost my mind one summer morning maybe 6 years ago. Dude came WAY too close in a little two-lane road that I was hyper sensitive about because it was the single tightest spot in the Dallas part of my commute. I screamed something because I saw he had the windows down and he decided to stop so we could have a chat. He looked at me and seemingly with a sincere attitude he said "Man, share the road." That was the moment I went from agitated cyclist to belligerent madman. If I typed out what I said, the censor would filter out most of it.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I flipped off a woman while driving home yesterday. She was doing 45 in the left lane of a 50 MPH zone, which in NJ means 60 MPH minimum. I finally went around her. As I did I saw her eyes down looking at the phone in her hands. Pulled in front of her and gave her the bird. Doubt she saw it. Kept glancing back and could see that she was still driving slowly as others were pulling around her. NY plates. So she should know better. Hand held is illegal in both NJ and NY.
MN *finally* adopted a hands-free law, but, unlike NY, enforcement has been almost non-existent. If someone is driving like an idiot around here, it's a good 50% chance that they've got a phone in hand; I see it multiple times per day.
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My steroids taste like acrid ass. Good thing I only have to take them 5 times per day.
Back when I got lasik (Best thing I EVER did) I was given steroid eye drops. I was lucky enough to find out that I was in the small percentage of people who could taste them filtering past my eyes and down the back of my throat. Then after a bit of lingering pain in one eye, they extended the steroid drops. Awful.
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I'm also a huge coward the next moment. Really dumb combination.
No, the real dumbness is talking **** when you can’t back it up, or “taking the lane” against 2+ ton vehicles.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
"Man, share the road." That was the moment I went from agitated cyclist to belligerent madman.
A driver said that to me/my riding buddy last year in a similar situation and it set me off, too. I was at least composed enough to know that fighting in road shoes wouldn't be wise, so I slammed his door shut on him (twice!) when attempted to get out on us.
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Back when I got lasik (Best thing I EVER did) I was given steroid eye drops. I was lucky enough to find out that I was in the small percentage of people who could taste them filtering past my eyes and down the back of my throat. Then after a bit of lingering pain in one eye, they extended the steroid drops. Awful.
That's all kinds of ick.
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MN *finally* adopted a hands-free law, but, unlike NY, enforcement has been almost non-existent. If someone is driving like an idiot around here, it's a good 50% chance that they've got a phone in hand; I see it multiple times per day.
Philly had a no hand phone and no texting law. You had to pulled over in a non-travel lane with the car in park. Then the state passed a no texting law that preempted local laws.

One day the ex and I were walking in town on the sidewalk of a one way street with traffic coming towards us. Dude drives by. We could see he was looking down at his phone. A couple of seconds later we hear tires squeal and then "BAM!" We turned around. Due had rearended a car in front of him that was stopped for a red light.
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A driver said that to me/my riding buddy last year in a similar situation and it set me off, too. I was at least composed enough to know that fighting in road shoes wouldn't be wise, so I slammed his door shut on him (twice!) when attempted to get out on us.
I like to think I read the situation enough to know he wasn't the "get out of the car" type, but truthfully I was lucky he wasn't a nut or wasn't packing heat with an itch to use it. This is Texas, after all. Definitely not my finest hour.
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Understandable, though - Mother Nature loves a good bluff.

I'm sure that you could perfectly explain these swings given the chemicals surging about in the moment, but I guess that doesn't do much good, does it? Maybe some visualization work would help for the next time.
Visualization is a very good idea.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
Back when I got lasik (Best thing I EVER did) I was given steroid eye drops. I was lucky enough to find out that I was in the small percentage of people who could taste them filtering past my eyes and down the back of my throat. Then after a bit of lingering pain in one eye, they extended the steroid drops. Awful.
I have to use steroid drops in my left eye a few times a year. They do not taste good.
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Philly had a no hand phone and no texting law. You had to pulled over in a non-travel lane with the car in park. Then the state passed a no texting law that preempted local laws.

One day the ex and I were walking in town on the sidewalk of a one way street with traffic coming towards us. Dude drives by. We could see he was looking down at his phone. A couple of seconds later we hear tires squeal and then "BAM!" We turned around. Due had rearended a car in front of him that was stopped for a red light.
Yep. That's when I'm happy to hang around and wait for the law. "This is what I saw......" At the very least, I'll give them my card, and let them know I'm willing to testify. That's happened more often than I'm actually comfortable with, to be honest. It seems I witness my fair share. I have a pretty good opening line, when the insurer calls on the fool at fault. "I can't believe you insure that guy. As bad as he drives, I know he didn't start out as a good driver."
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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There is a fair chance that I will be taken out by a texting driver with a USA Cycling sticker on their back window.

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